Ms. Russell serves as Director of YES Workforce Solutions at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. In this role she engages Orange County employers at all levels and across all major industry sectors to offer internships, externships, on-the-job-training, and entry level positions to workforce ready graduates of the YES Workforce Development program. Pepper has a deep love of all things creative, an irresistible pull on her once inside HOPE’s doors. She shares her joy of all the wonderful colors, flavors and experiences of working with fabrics, threads, textiles, foods and other artful media. Ms. Russell has a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Redlands and earned her U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management credentials in 2023.